Summer schedule for Hammerhead Hapkido

Pentcak Silat on the beach at the Asian Beach Games Gst Ngr Arya Yudapandita of Indonesia, who won the gold medal, competes in Beach Pencak Silat on day two of the 2008 Asian Beach Games at Nusa Dua Beach on October 19, 2008 in Bali, Indonesia.
Hapkido throw


Classes are still Sunday and Monday, however due to the summer heat here in Fresno our Sunday class at Tenaya Park now begins in the late afternoon. Check the Schedule and Location page for up-to-date class times.

Since our Sunday class is outdoors at a public park, and we do not have all the training mats that we have on Mondays, we tend to focus on stand-up techniques on Sundays. We do a lot of Silat, which is a brutal battlefield art from Indonesia and Malaysia, and we do various standup Hapkido techniques.

Right now we have six students, including one woman. I’d like to get more women in the class to balance it out. These arts are particularly suited for women, as they are “soft” arts that do not rely on the use of force. Rather than muscle power, these arts are based on precision of  technique. We use evasion, joint locks and joint breaks, unbalancing, and pressure point attacks to defeat a stronger attacker.

I frequently visit other martial arts schools in Fresno, and I continue to study other martial arts. There are some quality martial arts instructors here in Fresno. Pacific Martial Arts (now teaching out of Sierra Sport gym) maintains consistently high standards and I would recommend them if you’re looking for Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. The Fresno Judo Club is fantastic and the price is low. For Japanese Jujitsu I recommend Bushidokan of Fresno. The Kajukenbo school here has a good lineage and takes their self-defense seriously.

At Hammerhead Hapkido we are also serious about what we do. We offer quality martial arts instruction, rooted in effective self-defense principles, at low cost. That’s pretty amazing and it’s a unique opportunity for anyone who has been wanting to get into martial arts, or expand their martial horizons, or just have fun doing something physical. Enrollment is open and you can join anytime.

Wael Abdelgawad, Founder
Hammerhead Hapkido


  1. I met you at walmart a few months back as i was leaving and you were entering. I told you i remembered your face from the internet, expressed interest in your silat class . You asked me to email you so, here we are. I think i’d like to get started in something within a month. Id like to speak with you ,here is my #559 7903841. Anytime would be fine.w/respect Ruben.

    • Hi Ruben. Sorry for taking so long to respond. Sure, I remember you. You are welcome to come by the class anytime. I’ll contact you by phone.

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